House training your Maltipoo will be the most difficult training, as it is with all dog breeds, but do keep in mind that in general, this dog is on the “easy” side of the scale in regard to this.
If you follow these rules, you’ll be on your way to having a well-trained dog:
1) Choose one specific spot for your Maltipoo to use as the bathroom area. This should be close to the house but not an area that is used for any other purpose. Think about how accessible the area will be during different times of the year, especially if you live in an area that receives a good amount of snow in the winter.
2) Within the area that you have chosen, you will stand in the center, allowing your puppy to sniff around and decide on the perfect spot. This is one reason why outdoor potty training is easier than indoor; dogs like to have a say in the matter.
3) Any time that you or other household members are home, do not allow your puppy to run loose in the home. You must be close by in order to properly house train him. You can use the umbilical cord method, but looping one end of his leash to your belt (just be careful how fast you walk and where you walk) or keep him in his gated area if you cannot keep a close eye on him. Young puppies can release their bladder in the blink of an eye.
4) Each time you bring him out, take note of the time and allow for good 10 minutes. Many puppies will have weak bladders, however on the flip side of the coin some spend their first 9 minutes sniffing and exploring and then will pee once they relax. Ten minutes can seem like a long time if you are not comfortable or if you are feeling antsy from being in a rush. Dress appropriately for the weather, bring along your phone and remember that while you may need to get ready for work or cook dinner, your puppy does need time to learn the rules.
5) Bring your puppy to this spot before any walks. When owners assume that their dog will pee or poo while out for the walk, this is a missed opportunity to teach the puppy where to go. Always head to the designated bathroom spot both before and after a walk.
6) Always give some type of reward any time your Maltipoo pees or poos in the correct area. This should be praise, pats and/or treats.
7) If your puppy wakes you up at night barking, only go to him and bring him outside if you really believe there is a legitimate bathroom need. 90% of the time, it will be a matter of the pup waking up and only wanting some attention. If you do suspect that he needs to pee or poo, bring him out with the lights kept dim and minimal speaking. You’ll want to teach him that nighttime jaunts outside is a serious time and that waking is fine, but will not bring about any type of playing or attention .
8) If you must be gone during the day, keep your puppy behind a small gated area or inside an indoor canine playpen. This way, he will have enough room to play, sleep and eat, but any messes will also be contained. Place down some pee pads but do not expect him to always hit the mark. It is confusing for a puppy to learn two house training methods… And in a few months he will be able to hold his needs while you are gone.
9) Clean any accidents with a quality enzyme cleanser. Using dish soap or other household cleaners will not rid the spot of trace amounts of urine and fine matter that holds a urine or stool scent. If this is not properly cleaned, it can trigger a puppy to go to the bathroom in that very same spot the next day.
10) Each month, as your Maltipoo puppy matures, his bladder muscles and his bowel control will get stronger. This means that he will be able to hold his needs for a longer period of time. Keeping this in mind, you’ll want to encourage this by extending the amount of time that passes between when you bring him outside again.
11) Never scold a puppy for housebreaking accidents. Despite how it may appear, puppies do not pee or poo on purpose. Going potty is a basic bodily function.
If you seem to be having some hiccups, reevaluate if you are doing all that is possible to clearly teach the pup that going potty in the designated area brings about good things and that going elsewhere does not bring about attention of any kind.